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Reading and Phonics

Welcome to Cuddington Croft’s Phonics Page! At Cuddington Croft, we aim to provide children with the skill they need to read fluently, accurately and confidently whilst also developing their understanding and interpretations of texts to support the curriculum.  

What is Phonics?

Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children to hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. In phonics, children are taught how to:

Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;

Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make, for example, /sh/ or /oo/.

To blend these sounds together to make a word.

Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.



How is phonics taught at Cuddington Croft Primary School?

At Cuddington Croft, we follow the Letters and Sounds principles and practice of high quality phonics (Primary National Strategy 2007). Phonics is taught daily as a discrete lesson in both Early Years and Phase One. We use Bug Club alongside Letters and Sounds in our daily lessons to engage and excite children with videos, songs and interactive games.

Each phonics lesson follows a set structure from Letters and Sounds;

  1. Revisit and Review – children begin each session by reviewing past learning and sounds they already know.
  2. Teach – introduction the new content.
  3. Practise – time is spent practising their blending and segmenting skills.
  4. Apply – looking at how this phonics knowledge can be applied to enable children to blend (read) and segment (spell/write).

Phonics is taught is a systematic way, following a carefully sequence of letter/sound relationships from Phase 1 – 6. Please see the diagram below for more details of each phase.

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What is Bug Club and what are the benefits?

We will set tasks on Phonics Bug to match the phonics learning that your child is completing in school.

These will include:

• Interactive games to practice sounds

• Decodable books containing the sounds children have been taught.

We encourage you to work through these with your child each week.


How to log into Bug Club

The webpage for Bug Club can be found here. This short video will tell you how to log in to the account. Your child's username will have been allocated by their class teacher. Our school code is ggs6.


How to use the E-books


Phonics Screening Check

Across England, all Year 1 children take part in the Phonics Screening Check in the Summer Term. In this screening, the children are expected to read 40 decodable words including some nonsense words. The check is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill.

How can you help your child at home?

1.     Reading every night at home with your child

Every week each child will be sent home a phonics decodable book at their reading level (these have coloured bands). Read these with your child and ask them questions about the story.

2.    Practise reading and writing tricky words

If children know these they are more likely to gain speed and fluency in their reading. See the Sound Mats below (under page downloads).

3.    Practising your children’s handwriting

It is important children are forming their letters the correct way round.

4.    Log into Bug Club

Every child in school also has a bug club log in which gives you access to interactive phonetical books and games. Ask your teacher if you need these details again.

5.    Phonics games and websites. See the links below.

Website Link

 Letters and Sounds Website

Phonics Games

Phonics Play

Bug Club

Recommended videos

Mr Thorne Does Phonics  -  an excellent range of videos that children love to use to learn their phonics

CBeebies Alphablocks  -  Great episodes to help engage children with early reading 

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